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When you begin your orthodontic journey, you and your orthodontist are working toward the smile of your dreams. As you work together, you take the necessary steps to reach each milestone and accomplishment. Many people believe achieving a perfect smile is all the orthodontist’s doing, but that’s not true. Your orthodontist, Dr. John R. Schouten, needs your help too. So, make sure you do everything you can to help your orthodontist give you the results you’re looking for. You can do so by doing these things:

First, keep up on oral hygiene. This means you need to brush, floss, and rinse regularly. You also need to visit your dentist for a professional dental cleaning every six months. For the best results possible, brush and floss your teeth and braces after each meal and snack. This can help you avoid having white spots on your teeth when your braces are removed.

Second, wear your rubber bands as instructed and take good care of your appliance. Wearing your rubber bands help you further adjust your teeth to where they need to go. If you don’t wear them, it can slow your treatment process. If you don’t take good care of your appliance (by eating sticky foods and not wearing a mouthguard while you’re active) your brackets and wires can break, which can also lengthen your treatment process.

Third, attend your appointments regularly. If you skip an appointment, your teeth won’t get adjusted. This means your smile won’t progress and shift the way it needs to. This will make your treatment longer and it can mess with the steps your orthodontist needs to take to achieve the smile you want.

If you have any questions or if you would like to know more about how to help your orthodontist in Evanston, Wyoming, please contact Uinta Orthodontics at (307) 789-8742 at your earliest convenience. We look forward to assisting you!